The Facts, Prevention and Management of Alzheimer’s
One of the most devastating and debilitating diseases that we
see becoming prevalent today is Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s is the advanced degradation of the brain that causes problems with memory and behavior. It is also the most
common form of dementia, which is the term used for an overall decrease in brain function. Unfortunately and
interestingly enough, we currently have no cure for
Alzheimer’s disease in the medical community.
Why is this important?
The facts show that it can affect anyone and everyone at some point in their lives. Quite simply put by alz.org, “everyone with
a brain is at risk for Alzheimer’s.”
Who is most at risk for developing Alzheimer’s?
Old age, family history and genetics are the leading risk factors of Alzheimer’s. Also, those who suffer significant brain
injuries throughout their lives are at greater risk.
How can I decrease my chances of developing Alzheimer’s?
Regular physical activity that includes both weight bearing and at least moderately increased heart rate is a great way to
maintain nearly all aspects of mental health. Even more important than the type of exercise is the consistency of it – physical activity should be incorporated on a weekly basis. A healthy and
balanced diet will provide your brain with the essential nutrients it needs to better resist a decrease in function over time.
What are the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s?
Any general yet major decline in normal everyday cognitive function can be a sign for Alzheimer’s. Several examples include lack of spatial awareness, trouble with simple, everyday tasks, confusion with time or place and sudden changes in mood and overall personality.
Also, continually stimulating and challenging your brain throughout your entire lifetime will help with the overall strengthening and elasticity
of your brain. These activities might be most effective with social support. Try incorporating these changes with family members or friends.
The following websites provide more information on physical activity and Alzheimers
Physical activity is also beneficial to people who already have Alzheimer’s and may reduce the side effects of the
disease. Check out this video for great exercise ideas.